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Four Reasons to Consider FileMaker 12

by Jonathan N
This article talks about the software FileMaker 12, which is a database program that will help drive your business. The new FileMaker 12 guarantees that the average user will enjoy their software much more than their competitor, because of the sleek user friendly design. They state in the article that their software is comparable to a hot Ferrari rather than a old Ford Pinto. The Filemaker12 is designed to  look great on multiple platforms. The article states 4 main features the software does that makes it one of the best database programs. The first feature states that Filemaker 12 comes with 16 starter solutions or templates such as inventory, project management, contacts etc. that make it easy for you to just plug in your personal info. So for the average user that is incapable of gifted graphic design skills does not need to worry about it because the software has templates ready to go. The second feature that Filemaker 12 offers is embedded multimedia. Embedded multimedia enables you to drag and drop multimedia content in your database with much ease. The third feature is Faster Performance. They have introduced a 64 bit version of the FileMaker Server which has the capabilities of addressing more memory and can process large database.  The fourth and final feature is the iOS Apps. They have made their software have Apple iphones and IPad capabilities because mobility is the essence of the new modern technological advanced world. read more...

Cloud Computing

by Michael M
Today we are entering a age where technology is changing all of the time and is changing rapidly. We always have a computer at the tips our fingers with our smart phones, laptops, and even our tablets. With all of this changing technology we need to chage the way we store our data so it can be accessable to us anytime anywhere and even on any computer. That technology is now here and is becoming popuar for everyone within the business world and even for resedential use. This new technology is known as cloud computing. It allows you to have all of your data on
all of your computers allowing you to make updates and will allow you to store the data back to the cloud so you can access it later. Apple is one company that is using cloud computing. It will allow people to store all of their music and pictures on the cloud and can be accessed using a apple device. Apple will give 5 gb of space to people to use on their server. read more...

What is the Cloud?

by Nelson T
In an article that I have read from PC Magazine Online, cloud computing is the next big thing coming to consumers and businesses. Cloud computing allows people to have complete access to their personal data as well as data from other users as well. This is called Personal Cloud Computing. An example of one of the many benefits of the personal cloud is automatic sync. If a user searches for music using their mobile device, purchases a piece of music from their favorite artist, the mp3 file downloads not only on their mobile device but also downloads automatically to their home computer and other devices that are linked that cloud account. Other items include the user’s address book, email and documents.  Having access to the cloud is fairly cheap and this is attracts business. Businesses can use the cloud to do some serious data mining on the fly. Having access to information coming from their users. A way that a cloud can be distinguished is from key attributes such as it being from a third party vendor that is usually off site, accessed over the internet, minimal IT knowledge are a few attributes. Cloud computing is very useful for a connected consumer and for the success of a business. As an owner of an Apple iPhone, I am a user of their cloud service named iCloud. I find this service to be very useful. Just like my example from earlier, anything i do on my mobile smartphone is sync automatically to cloud servers and then pushed to my laptop and other devices that are connected to the iCloud service. I have personally realized the benefits of this service and its been great since the start. I rely on it almost everyday to make sure I get what i need from anywhere I am connected. read more...

Google Drive and the Cloud Wars

by Tyler K
According to popular rumors, Google is at it again; Box.com co-founder/CEO Aaron Levie reports at TechCrunch.com on the possibility of Google finally introducing the long-anticipated Cloud storage system (referred to as Google Drive), to the dismay of all current and future competitors in the field. Levie says it best, “Drive’s arrival was meant to instantly commoditize existing offerings, kill all future opportunity for new players…as it battled Microsoft and Apple for control of our online lives and content” (Levie, 2012). Essentially, the writer outlines how there has been anticipation for Google’s entry into cloud computing for nearly 6 years, and now may finally be the time. The author also goes on to explain how Google Chrome and Google Docs may have revealed that while cloud-based applications are certainly innovative and useful for some, professionals and individuals still relied on more conventional software (i.e. Microsoft Office) – a revelation that may have pushed Drive back on Google’s list of projects. However, in recent times, it is plausible that the combination of growing popularity in smaller organizations successfully garnering a large audience of Cloud storage users (companies that include the author’s own Box.com), as well as “…the competition between Android and iOS…(that) brought it back from the dead,” (Levie, 2012). The final section of the article goes on to describe the future of cloud computing, foreseeing a “fractured” cloud, where the larger companies, with their collective hundreds of billions of dollars all compete for the majority of information storage – a battle where the victor is impossible to currently determine. read more...

More Jobs from Cloud Computing

by Alexander H
The ecosystem of jobs in the tech industry has consistently changed in order to keep up with growing technology. A recent article by Ingrid Lunden titled “Apple Makes 500k Jobs? Cloud Services Could Help Make 14 Million, With Half in China and India” outlines the possibility of “14 million jobs worldwide by 2015” with the expansion of cloud computing services. These figures are derived from research done by Microsoft and the IDC after Apple announced that they had created 500,000 jobs in the U.S. through the various links that the “ecosystem it has created”. The bulk of the new jobs will be related to the cloud computing industry and according to the IDC, there will be an “equal split” between small and large businesses. This growth is predicted to be most prevalent in developing countries, such as China and India, which follows the trend of IT outsourcing. read more...

How Secure is Your Internet?

by Irving A
The company that has promoted itself as the private and secure one has not been private or secure lately. Apple has been giving out people’s address books. Due to privacy slips they will continue doing this for weeks to come. But it’s not only Apple who has focused on other things other than security, Google, Amazon, Sony, and Facebook are among the many. “Imagine if a bank paid more attention to the color of the carpet in its lobby than they type of safe it uses to store its customers’ valuables. No one would want to store anything there, that’s for sure”. The author compares the banks to trusted web giants to demonstrate the importance of security. Who is to blame that companies are not securing our personal information? To whom should we point our fingers to? Should we blame the companies for not securing the data or the users for using the companies? Assistant director in the division of privacy and identity protection at the Federal Trade Commission, Christopher N. Olsen, expects Congress to enact laws to promote consumers. Legislations would not be ideal for anyone, technology companies argue to have less legislation control. Companies need to focus more on privacy. read more...

Anonymous and Apple

by Penny P
Anyone can be a victim of a hack attack. Apple became victim to an attack by the hacker group known as Anonymous. The attack did not affect customer data, but instead targeted the server that Apple uses to process the data of their technical support follow ups. Results of the attack “revealed 27 internal Apple user names and passwords” (Murphy). Anonymous had posted this information to Pastebin, which is a website where users can store text. The method of the attack on Apple was not announced, but it was suspected that it was due to an SQL injection attack. The Department of Homeland Security had listed this type of attack as the “Web’s most dangerous security vulnerability” (Murphy). Another hacker group, Lulzsec, performed similar SQL injections to companies such as Sony Pictures and PBS. There have been rumors that former members of Lulzsec had joined the Anonymous group. read more...

The Subtle Rise of HTML5

by Cole O’C
Over the last two years, HTML5 has been supported and adopted by a lot of big name companies such as Microsoft, Apple, Google, Amazon, and LinkedIn. While HTML5 is technically only the latest version of a technical standard, it has come to represent a set of features and capabilities that both enhance user experience and simplify development processes. This simplification is most plainly seen when companies are developing an application for both iOS and Android; HTML5 allows them to develop one application that can be run on any web browser. The powerful tools of HTML5 make it hard to differentiate between the cloud and the web, as well as desktop and client functionality. The technology is incredibly flexible and quite affordable to incorporate. However, the new standard does have its downsides. Applications developed with HTML5 are sometimes limited compared to their iOS and Android counterparts, as certain features are harder to access. Another issue facing HTML5 is application distribution, which has become an almost non-issue for iOS via the App Store and Android via the Marketplace. Google Chrome’s app store, which seeks to become a primary HTML5 distributor, is fairly new and does not have quite the presence of its non-HTML5 counterparts. Although it may take some time, HTML5 has the potential to overcome its weaknesses and become a platform-spanning giant. read more...

Hyper-Consumerism at its finest

by Andrew N

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Hyper-consumerism at its finest

A couple of months ago, Apple had released their iPhone 4S which didn’t have much of a change to it, but the new added Siri application. This was all they had to bank on due to pretty much keeping the same phone. It was a hit even from all the disappointment that came along with the phone. Apple has had quite the bit of luck with the marketing bug and has been able grab the attention of all people. On the other end of the spectrum, Microsoft has had this technology of the so called “Siri” for over a year. They had release the application back in April of 2009 but received minimal attention for it just because of marketing measures. Microsoft was not surprised and did not think of Apple as any competition when Siri was released.It wasn’t a completely new idea at all but Apple did a good job of marketing it and in addition to their fan base already it hit home for them. read more...

Will Google TV 2.0 Be Any Good?

by Asbed P
Last year, Google announced Google TV which in theory was supposed to stream videos from the net, allow you to view photos, and listen to your music collection.  They have however been greatly outshone by Apple’s product, Apple TV, which is already expanding and can be found in many homes already.  Now that Google has got its act together and added some extra features to GTV, they have a chance to gain a customer base before its too late.  The biggest new feature GTV users will notice is the addition of Google Apps.  This means Netflix, Pandora, Skype and many other apps available on the Android platform will be available on Google TV.  They have also added Android Honeycomb so the TV will actually have the operating system Google designed for it’s tablets, meaning your TV will be more like a computer than it was before and who wouldn’t like that.  One final thing Google has added is the better search engine for shows and movies.  The new search will actually show you what time the next airing of the specific TV show or movie will be, but will also show the users what other services the program can be found on for instant viewing. read more...